Want a movie review? Here’s one —> Most movies suck. End of review. Onto the blog.
This “movie” doesn’t suck.
What i was watching today was a documentary titled “Torturing Democracy” that I only recently caught wind of. It was an eye opening expose of the Bush administration’s torture policies, and how they bent and broke the law. There are portions of this that showed the government moved in a way that plainly illegal, and it seems nails down, without a shadow of a doubt, that the United States military, under orders from the Bush White House, committed war crimes.
Now i know that some of you reading this may think that torturing terrorists is OK, they’re terrorists after all, right?I like dead terrorists, there the best kind. Wrong has been done to us. Great wrong. Wrongs which must be righted. True enough, but it doesn’t go far enough. Common article 3 of the The Geneva conventions specifically states that:
‘hors de combat’ by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely…
To this end, the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:
(a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture
There is also the matter that We the People have called what we did here “War Crimes” when it was done by other countries, and have in fact prosecuted Americans for waterboarding as recently as the Vietnam war.
We, America, signed that document. It is legal and binding, regardless of the statements of our president saying we weren’t bound by it, we were, and all the legal mumbo jumbo put out by John Yoo and At the behest of Donald Rumsfeld, don’t matter a damn here. The United States of America is supposed to be a nation of laws. The men involved here, blatantly and defiantly broke the law.
The wrong done by others to us does not justify wrong done by us to others, period. We are bound by our laws and traditions. We are supposed to be better than them. If they are on the battlefield, it’s open season. But once captured, the rule of law applies.
But we have issues with our current president as well. The Obama administration seems to be providing the wrongdoers here the protection of a “golden shield” for anyone who took part in this. We are a nation of laws, we are told, and this is true, except when it isn’t.
Those the government wants protected are made to be above the law. Any protection for any of these lawbreakers effectively makes them above the law when no one is supposed to be “above the law”, and that tells me that something is seriously wrong here, and the wrong has moved from the Bush administration to the Obama administration.
John Yoo isn’t there any more. Rumsfeld, and the rest of his buddies are gone. One wonders who is really pulling the strings here. Maybe it’s just government bureaucracy covering it’s collective ass, just protecting itself, a self perpetuating machine that has taken on a life of it’s own that those in charge clearly lost control of years ago.
A.K.A., could just be the place is run by assholes. C’mon Mr. President, don’t be an asshole. Prosecute. Show America who is in charge.
Do I think he will? No, but someone has to ask him to, try to get this done so we can get on with our lives. Nail Yoo and Haynes and Addington and Rumsfeld, or at least give it a shot. Yes, they had guilty people there in Guantanamo, but there are laws and rules of engagement. The Presidents men knew it, and wrote about it, they went through the whole memo process to justify their actions and cover their asses. There were men of conscience in there, military men and women and others who saw this was wrong and did their best to fight it. They failed.
Now our fighting men and women run an increased risk of being tortured themselves because we followed the wrong path here.
That’s about it for me. A final viddy and a few quotes, and I am done.
A third installment of “Torturing Democracy”:
That’s it for me. Later!
Today’s nuggets, By Aristotle, via wikiquote: A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange…. Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.
Again, it is possible to fail in many ways (for evil belongs to the class of the unlimited … and good to that of the limited), while to succeed is possible only in one way (for which reason also one is easy and the other difficult—to miss the mark easy, to hit it difficult); for these reasons also, then, excess and defect are characteristic of vice, and the mean of virtue; For men are good in but one way, but bad in many.
Law is order, and good law is good order.